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Ultrasound thrombolysis

Uri Rosenschein, Tovi Rassin
From: Science & Medicine: Volume 5 Number 1: Page 36 (February 1998)

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Abstract: Low-frequency high-power ultrasound is a recent addition to the list of methods for dissolution of intracoronary plaques and thrombi. When sufficient power is applied, ultrasound pressure waves in liquids cause the formation of cavities, which then implode, sending jets of liquid and shock waves against nearby solid surfaces. Elastic solids are less affected than inelastic surfaces. In the case of arterial thrombi, highly elastic arterial walls are left indamaged while thrombi disintegrate into particles of debris that do not interfere with distal coronary perfusion.

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